Helen Stumkat, Marj Gambrill and Edna Westman worked their magic yesterday.
Helen Stumkat, Marj Gambrill and Edna Westman worked their magic yesterday.

Weavers on show at jazz festival

FOR thousands of years women have weaved and spun their way through their days and now the Rose City’s own special weavers are on show for Jumpers and Jazz.

The creative group of women have been spinning in front of their store on Palmerin Street, which was full of home-made winter fashion, since Thursday.

Weaver of 35 years Jean McDonald said there had been a lot of people through the shop since the festival started and it was another successful year.

“The number of visitors who just stop off to get milk and bread are just so amazed by what they find and end up going inside,” Mrs McDonald said.

“Everything we are making now is for next year – this is what we have got to do to get ready because we spin it all by hand. It takes nearly a year.”

In the first three days they sold 150 pieces and on Sunday there was a further 48 winter woollies purchased, with most visitors happy to purchase an item locally made.

Weaver Helen Stumkat said they had focused on men this year and it had paid off. There was also a lot of interest from all generations.

“The whole thing is Jumpers and Jazz and what do we do? We make jazzy jumpers,” she said.



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